Travelers around the world who have been fortunate enough to visit Kenya, have been rallying support for this iconic safari destination. The Kenya Tourist Board launched the online campaign #whyilovekenya to reassure tourists of Kenya’s safety in light of some recent travel advisories issued by several foreign missions. Those advisories have dealt a blow to the destination’s image and this campaign seeks to ease the impact felt by the industry. Tourists, celebrities, corporate bodies, public and private sector friends of tourism have sent countless stories and images on social media to show that Kenya’s tourism is ongoing and unique despite the travel advisories.
KTB Managing Director, Muriithi Ndegwa said it was re-assuring to note that despite the travel advisories, tourists have demonstrated their love and confidence in Kenya and are continuing with their holidays throughout the country. He appealed to Kenyans and visitors “to rally together and use #whyilovekenya to spread the word that Kenya is the country to visit and get the tourism industry flourishing.”
Renee Connors, of ACIS, recently returned from a trip with Liberty Africa Safaris which included a stay at Sarova Mara Game Camp. She had this to say about her trip:
I wanted to send a note to thank you for everything, I cannot even begin to explain how great the trip was. It was simply amazing from start to finish.
Although I had some reservations before departing for Kenya once we arrived and I was greeted by Julius, my Liberty Africa guide, I knew I had nothing to worry about. I never felt unsafe – from our drives throughout Kenya, to our beautiful accommodations with Sarova and during our safaris, everything was perfect and we were very well taken care of. Thank you for all the guidance in making this such a memorable trip.
I could go on and on but I will stop here and just say…
Here are a few reasons why KAI loves Kenya..David with his awesome guide in the Masai Mara, Wazha taking in the views at Tsavo, and Nicole & Lauren overlooking the Rift Valley–share your Kenya memories with us on our Facebook page:
Brazil Hosts The World
Last month, Brazil welcomed the world for the epic FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament. Our fabulous partners at Liberty International Brazil had their hands full with events and explorations around the country. Congratulations to our team in Brazil for hosting so many international guests for the World Cup. Liberty International is standing by in Rio de Janeiro to welcome your travelers to this amazing country so contact them with your next Brazil request!
Read more about Liberty International Brazil
Legacy’s PortsWood Hotel Gets a New Look
The next step in luxury is on its way to the PortsWood Hotel in Cape Town. The hotel began refurbishing rooms in July and the upgrade is expected to be complete in the 4th quarter of 2014. All rooms will have new bathrooms, carpets, lighting, and headboards. The hotel will be taking bookings during this time and promise minimal disruption to their valued guests. We hope to welcome your travelers to the new and improved PortsWood hotel in the near future!
Click here to visit The PortsWood Hotel website.
Eastbound Gives Back
Eastbound Co-Founder, Prrithviraj Singh and his wife, distributing uniforms and notebooks
At Eastbound, our partners in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and UAE, the belief that businesses who profit can invest to make our communities better is ingrained in their corporate culture. Eastbound regularly contributes to various schools, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and charities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. They are absolutely committed to projects in the areas of social growth, education, and wildlife conservation.
Across the board, Eastbound has a proactive environmental policy, train their teams in ‘green’ thinking and to be as ‘green’ as possible. They make regular donations to the Faith Foundation, an NGO devoted to providing tools for destitute women achieve financial independence and a better livelihood. Faith Foundation also schools children living in the various slums of Delhi and the NCR region.
The Eastbound team is also directly involved with the day-to-day running of The Oxford Square, an NGO that provides free and quality education for disadvantaged and under-privileged children in a safe and clean environment. Children who attend this school get meals and school materials provided to them by Eastbound.
For Eastbound, wildlife conservation is very close to their hearts and they always throw their weight behind eco-friendly crusades. They are primary affiliates of Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT), a unique international campaign advocating and supporting responsible tourism as a way to save the Tiger, India’s wildlife, and its wilderness areas. Eastbound has also advocated for humane treatment on behalf of the Indian Bear.
Click here for more information about Eastbound
Cambodia Visa Fees to Increase
In case you missed it, Destination Asia Cambodia would like to inform you that as of October 1, 2014, the fee for a tourist visa (Type T) at any international airport, border crossing, or official seaport in Cambodia will increase to USD30. The new fee for a Business Visa (Type E) will increase to USD35. Please let your travelers to Cambodia know about this increase and update your pre-departure materials.
For more information on Cambodia’s new visa fees, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Out & About with KAI
David recently traveled to Namibia to spend some time with our newest client, The Caprivi Collection. This underrated region wedged between some of the iconic safari destinations of Southern Africa is perfectly situated to be part of a greater Namibia itinerary or a multi-country safari. Read David’s trip report to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of planning a trip for your clients to The Caprivi!
Learn about Caprivi Collection here
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